Written by From Staff Reports Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
The council announced the re-accreditation decision Friday, May 3, following a 23-0 vote at its annual spring meeting. The SSU mass communications department first earned accreditation in 2007 after successfully completing a rigorous self-study, external evaluation and site visits that determined the program met ACEJMC requirements in nine standards: mission and governance; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes.
“The ACEJMC reviewers recognized that our faculty have succeeded in integrating several approaches of mass communication into a coherent curriculum that educates students for practice in the evolving new media,” said Reynold Verret, Ph.D., provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at SSU.
The Department of Mass Communications at Savannah State is one of only two programs in the state of Georgia to earn ACEJMC accreditation, which is held by just 111 programs nationwide. Mass communications is one of the top five majors at SSU, with students selecting from concentrations in print journalism, radio and television and public relations and advertising. The department will undergo the re-accreditation process again in 2018-19 in accordance with ACEJMC policy that requires accreditation be reviewed every six years.